Monday, April 21, 2008
Windows Vista - A work in Progress! (for eternity!)
'"How many of you use Live Search as your default?" Ballmer asked.
A smattering of hands went up. Tepid applause.
"How many of you use Yahoo search as your default?"
Far fewer hands went up and the room was relative quiet, until it filled with laughter.
Ballmer, trying again, louder this time, "How many of you use Yahoo search as your default?"
The same response.
"Wow, we offered 31 bucks a share," he said, to more laughter.
"How many of you use Google as your default?" Ballmer asked.
The vast majority in the audience raised their hands, cheering and hooting.
Ballmer looked around. Smiled. Scratched his cheek. Rubbed his face with his hand.
"Windows Vista," he said, pausing for a moment, "A work in progress."
The crowd laughed and applauded. '
Ballmer was talking to Microsoft's Most Valuable Professionals. And he made them fools again. (It's 21 days since April 1st, but still!)
They should have cried. They should have howled. They should have, well, killed him.
I love the last line. "A work in progress." Maybe for eternity. Maybe till the world ends. Maybe till Microsoft lasts. Maybe till Linux or Mac takes over. Maybe till Google acquires Microsoft. In other words, "Windows Vista Sucks!"
Ok. I am stopping here. You can read about the details of the meeting here. Also, check out why I sang Bleed it Out!
And here's a nice post to supplement his - What Microsoft could(?) learn from Apple?